3 years ago

Just under a week ago, Apple unveiled their latest edition into their tablet range: The iPad Mini. With a 7.9″ screen, it gets dwarfed by the full size iPads in both size and weight. But it’s still very much a force to be reckoned with. Over the past week I’ve shared with you various different posts highlight the iPad Mini’s features, or how it stacks up to competitors. But I’ve refrained from, until now, providing my all inclusive review. The wait is over! The video below will take you entirely through my thoughts, and let you know whether I think it’s worth a purchase:

I’ve been extremely impressed with the iPad Mini, and it’s nice to see Apple branching out a bit and responding to what it’s customers are asking for. We’ll see in the next generation whether or not a retina display is crammed between the iPad Mini 2’s hardware, but for now, if you’re looking for a exceedingly portable tablet with a fantastic app ecosystem – this is definitely it.

I’m curious to know, how many of you have picked up this device for yourself? Or are planning to? Let me know in the comments below.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.waid Jim Waid

    What the heck was Apple thinking when they spec’ed this thing out?
    What did they think their competition was? The iPad 1? The iPhone 3Gs?

    1.) It has a bigger screen than other 7″ tablets.
    2.) It runs IOS so it’s compatible with the apps you already own.

    1.) Its screen resolution is from the stone age. Low resolution tablet screens are for cheap Chinese knockoffs!
    2.) It doesn’t have dual band 802.11n and dual antennas.
    3.) It has the same processor as the original iPad which is now three generations old!
    Its processor is the slowest CPU in a mainstream tablet that is still a
    current SKU. Cheap Chinese knockoff tablets may actually be faster.
    No 30-pin connector. The “Lightning” connector is just a money grab
    and does nothing but render your existing cables, docks, speakers, and
    other accessories useless unless you fork over more cash to Apple.
    No micro SD slot! Yes, other tablets have been released without them
    too, and I don’t like that either about them. Your customers are
    adults. Let us use the gear we buy however we want to.
    7.) No mini USB slot for adding additional peripherals. See above for why.
    It’s overpriced by at least $50. In fact, considering that it is
    mostly using 3 year old internal parts, other than a fancy new case and
    the craptastic “Lightning” connector, it’s more like $100 too high.

    “New” iPad is really nice. If it’s too expensive for you, then buy a
    used iPad 2 off of Craigslist or eBay for what you’re paying for this
    slow assed mini tablet with a low resolution screen.

    • Brandon Counts

      It doesn’t have the same processor as the original iPad (A4), it has the same processor of the iPad 2 (A5).

  • chris

    I don’t understand why people are complaining about the iPad mini.
    I currently own a 2nd gen iPad, that has the same specs as the iPad mini, and all I can say is that –

    -I still feel that the 2nd gen iPad is not behind the competition in any way, it never crashes and is still super fast. There is no reason to upgrade.
    -The iPad minis screen has the same resolution as my iPad, and a smaller screen, therefore a higher pixel density. For people who are used to non – retina devices, this will be perceivably better; for people with retina screens, I am confident they will barely notice the difference.
    -The build quality of the iPad mini is impeccable. It feels like holding beautiful sheet of metal. It’s hard to believe there’s anything in there. I find it more impressive that it is made out of such quality materials than plastic, which is cheap and easy to manufacture.

  • newbie99

    Tom have you experienced any scratch issues with B&S version? Want to get one but not sure which colour to get?